New Vaccine for HPV
Human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted
precursor to cervical cancer, has been a health threat to women
for many years, but recent development of a vaccine, Gardasil,
made awareness of it more urgent. Experts believe there are
more cases of HPV than any other sexually transmitted disease,
with about 20 million people in the United States already infected
with the disease, and about 6.2 million more Americans contracting
a new infection per year. According to the National Institute
of Health (NIH) there are more than 100 types of HPV, and 30
of them are spread through sexual contact, and some cause genital
warts. According to the American Social Health Association
(ASHA) about 5.5 million new genital HPV cases occur each year.
Statistics show that nearly three out of four Americans between
the ages of 15 and 49 have been infected with genital HPV in
their lifetime. [More]
The best way to bring awareness is to talk to one another.
Women need to work together to make everyone aware of current
and new happening within our health system.
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